Special prosecutors are now planning to bring first degree felony charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton before a grand jury.
According to WFAA reports, special prosecutor Kent Shaffer and co-counsel Brian Wice will pursue “an indictment for first-degree felony securities fraud” to a Collin County grand jury.
Shaffer and Wice were appointed by Collin County District Judge Scott Becker after Collin County DA Greg Willis recused himself from the case due to his personal and business affiliations with Paxton.
Paxton has recently hired former federal judge Joe Kendall to represent him.
Paxton has already been making headlines after his response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage being legalized in the United States, where he issued the opinion that county officials can deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections to doing so.
Now Paxton is facing new headlines following prosecutor Shaffer’s indication that investigators have found more evidence while investigating Paxton’s former solicitation charge in 2014, where he was reprimanded and fined $1,000 after soliciting investment clients without properly registering with the State of Texas.
Following the 2014 investigation, prosecutors won a request to expand the investigation of Paxton where now the investigation has led Wice and Schaffer to new evidence that will coincide with “any and all” potential violations of the State Securities Act Paxton may have committed, including fraud.
Paxton’s case has been moved to Collin County following Travis County prosecutors declining to pursue charges against Paxton.
Before winning the Texas Attorney General election in November 2014, Paxton was a Republican member of the Texas Senate for the central-western portion of Collin County.
If convicted of the first degree felony charges, Paxton could be facing life imprisonment as well as a fine of up to $100,000.